Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Aug 2006 17:56 UTC, submitted by Robert Kovacs
Windows Microsoft.com Canada has released pricing for Windows Vista. Windows Vista Ultimate is listed at $499 Canadian which translates into $450.36 in USD. Home Premium is listed at $299 or $269.86 USD, Vista Ultimate Upgrade is priced at $299 or $269.86 USD, while Home Premium Upgrade is $199 or $179.60 USD. At the same time, the first 100000 respondents can download Vista Build 5536. Microsoft is not giving out new keys, so you need your Beta 2 key. Update: Amazon.com now too sells Vista.
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RE: You have to be kidding me?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th Aug 2006 18:13 UTC in reply to "You have to be kidding me?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, but to keep up with Apple you need to shell out that amount about once every 18 months, whereas with Windows, well we know the story. People often tend to forget that.

4 x 120 = 480 (10.1 was a free upgrade).

That is not to say this is cheap software. Heck, when an OS costs just as much as the hardware... It just feels wrong.

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ralph Member since:
2005-07-10

What a weird kind of "logic".

1. You don't have to shell out the amount every 18 months. You can happily go on using your older version of OSX if you want to.

2. Using MS' inability to deliver Vista on time as an excuse for Vista's price... It just feels wrong.

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macisaac Member since:
2005-08-28

that is, until you get new software being released as OS X 10.foo and up only.

not to mention apple cutting you off on security updates, bug fixes, etc.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

And who is forcing you to upgrade to Vista?

Goes both ways, and therefore irrelevant.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

1. You don't have to shell out the amount every 18 months. You can happily go on using your older version of OSX if you want to.

Until the stop issuing updates for security problems, stops providing updated software for your operating system, and software vendors start putting 'minimum OS X 10.4.x' and you're sitll running 10.3.9.

The humorous thing, Microsoft is now EXTENDING their support for Windows XP; what does this mean? I think they've realised that they can't provide perfect backwards compatibility, so they'll need to extend the time as to allow a smooth transition as applications become "Vista Capable'.

2. Using MS' inability to deliver Vista on time as an excuse for Vista's price... It just feels wrong.

And how many will actually upgrade? most will get it when they upgrade their computer; another section will wait till their companies select licencing package gets it, which enables all employees of the company to run a copy of it on their home computer, along with Microsoft Office - the New Zealand ministry of defence has such an arrangement.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Yes, but to keep up with Apple you need to shell out that amount about once every 18 months, whereas with Windows, well we know the story. People often tend to forget that.

At least you have an option to upgrade every year or so, unlike with Windows. Nobody forces you to upgrade, but if you have the money and feel like so, you can.

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areimann Member since:
2006-06-12

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What a weird kind of "logic".

1. You don't have to shell out the amount every 18 months. You can happily go on using your older version of OSX if you want to.

2. Using MS' inability to deliver Vista on time as an excuse for Vista's price... It just feels wrong.
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PERFECT response the that one. Yes, I would love to upgrade my version of Windows every 2 years. Instead, we are stuck without innovations for 5+ years.

Edited 2006-08-29 21:14

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dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

Umm, no, you don't have to keep up with Apple's hardware every 18 months.

I'm running the latest OS X on my 7 year old Blue and White G3 thank you very much!! It has an upgraded G4 processor in it but I did that 5 years ago! :-)

Your concerns are misinformed....

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Clinton Member since:
2005-07-05

This is horse hocky! Microsoft generally tries to release a new version of their software every year or two; just like Apple.

This time, however, Microsoft got a bit carried away with their project plan. As a result, they've had to cut here and there until Vista really isn't all that interesting anymore, but they'll finally be able to release it.

Microsoft themselves have admitted this and declared that they will never let this much time pass between updates again.

Since Microsoft has committed to release much more often in the future, your logic is a one time fluke.

Edited 2006-08-29 21:56

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